Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Explorations in by Jeffrey C. Alexander (Ed.), Gary T. Marx (Ed.), Christine L.

By Jeffrey C. Alexander (Ed.), Gary T. Marx (Ed.), Christine L. Williams (Ed.)

Instructor, pupil, and chief, Neil Smelser stands as an iconic determine in sociology within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century. The essays during this quantity, written by way of fashionable students from all walks of the social sciences, show the variety and intensity of Smelser's influence—and his mammoth contributions to diversified fields equivalent to British historical past, social swap, collective habit, greater schooling, the economic climate, and psychoanalysis.

Contributors: Jeffrey C. Alexander, Nancy J. Chodorow, Burton R. Clark, Yiannis Gabriel, Arlie Russell Hochschild, James M. Jasper, Christian Joppke, Alberto Martinelli, Gary T. Marx, Lyn Spillman, Piotr Sztompka, R. Stephen Warner, Christine L. Williams, Robert Wuthnow, Viviana A. Zelizer.

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Other families, by contrast, celebrate survival and make cheerful, positive thinking a goal rather than mourn their losses. One writer whose uncle was killed in Auschwitz and whose parents endured ten years of separation calls these the “happiest ten years” in his parents’ lives, and claims that they led a “charmed existence” (Stolper 2000). How did I avoid stressing “causal association among aggregated social facts,” or “the objectively determinable opportunities and constraints of the social structure for individuals and groups,” and stress instead “clinical inference about uniquely convergent patterns of forces in the individual’s psyche .

1998. ” JPCS: Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society 3 (1): 25–38. ———. 1999. The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press. ———. 2000a. Contribution to “Homophobia: Analysis of a ‘Permissible’ Prejudice. ” Journal of Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapy 4: 21–27. ———. 2000b. , Born into a World at War, pp. 299–312. : St. Jerome’s Publishing. ———. 2002. ” American Imago 59 (3): 297–315. Erikson, Erik H. 1950. Childhood and Society.

But their individuality is equally prominent: these writers from the class of 1965, born during the same years, form part of a generation and became a group who found themselves at the same college in the same period of history, but they have no common cultural or historical origins whatsoever. We find among them those who most stand for the great destruction and genocide wrought by the Nazis—the children of German Jewish and eastern European Jewish survivors—but other accounts remind us that there were also survivors of the great brutality experienced by those from countries invaded by the Japanese.

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